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18 June 1999


New NHTSA Crash Test Results Available on World Wide Web Site

The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today announced that crash test results for four additional 1999 model year vehicles are now available on the World Wide Web at http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/ncap.

The results show ratings for frontal impact crashes for the model year 1999 Acura RL and the Chevrolet Impala (early entry model year 2000). For side impact, the web site includes the results for side-impact crash tests involving the model year 1999 Mazda Protegé and Toyota Camry with side air bag.

The 1999 Acura RL received a frontal star rating of four stars on the driver's side and four stars on the passenger's side. The 1999 Chevrolet Impala received a frontal rating of five stars on the driver's side and five stars on the passenger's side.

The 1999 Mazda Protégé received a side star rating of three stars in the front and four stars in the rear seat. The 1999 Toyota Camry received a side rating of four stars in the front seat.

These new test results are in addition to results for many vehicles tested previously that remain valid because auto manufacturers are selling the same or essentially the same vehicles in model year 1999. The NHTSA world wide web site now provides frontal impact safety information on a total of 102 model year 1999 vehicles. Similarly, side-impact safety information is provided on 90 model year 1999 vehicles.

For both frontal and side impact, the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) reports crash test results in a range of one to five stars, with five stars showing the best crash protection for vehicles. Frontal tests should be compared only within the same weight class.

Copies of crash test results, printed in a fact sheet containing explanatory information and tables showing NCAP crash tests results thus far for model year 1999 vehicles, are available by calling the NHTSA Office of Public and Consumer Affairs, 202-366-9550; the Auto Safety Hotline, 1-800-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236); or by writing to NHTSA Public Affairs, Room 5232, 400 Seventh St., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20590.